Category Archives: The Blog

The Two Faces of Runes

Written on October 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm, by

From Sweden’s more than 2,000 runestones to the 26 that speckle the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, runestones stand as a symbol of a time prior to and when Vikings ruled the seas and Norse settlers immigrated to the new lands discovered and seized by them.  Yet, in many ways, these stones or,  Continue Reading »

Local Boys Make Good…Swedish Pancakes for Decades

Written on August 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm, by

Andresen brothers’ booth hits 35 years at Scandinavian Festival If you stand in front of Glen and Gordon Andresen’s Swedish pancake booth in 2013, it’s easy to think that little has changed since 1979, when the brothers, along with childhood friend Karsten Rasmussen, first started serving Swedish pancakes to hungry festival-goers.

Membership Pins 2013

Written on July 29, 2013 at 9:45 am, by

This marks the first year of the Scandinavian Festival Membership Committee’s new series of membership pins featuring the four Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Norway. The 2013 pin will represent Sweden.

Building a Festival

Written on July 28, 2013 at 9:55 am, by

To the casual festival-goer, it is easy to believe that the Festival appears out of nowhere, seemingly overnight. In reality, assembling all the physical components of the Festival takes about three weeks; it begins in late July, and utilizes hundreds, if not thousands of volunteer-hours. Let’s take a chronological look at how it all comes  Continue Reading »

Junction City’s Own Version of “The Little Mermaid” Fountain

Written on March 20, 2013 at 9:04 am, by

For a quarter century, “The Little Mermaid” statue and fountain has graced the corner courtyard of Festival Hall, a charming and apt enhancement to the festival grounds and a tribute to the Danes of the community.

Finnish Locomotive Celebrates 30 years in Junction City

Written on March 20, 2013 at 9:02 am, by

She’s a venerable old engine, all 90,000 pounds of her. A workhorse, a survivor and some might even say an adventuress. Forty-five years ago, she was destined for grand things, a gift from the Finnish people to the City of Portland in honor of the state’s Finnish pioneers.

Junction City Historical Society

Written on January 11, 2013 at 10:41 am, by

On Saturday, August 12, 1972, as part of Junction City’s Centennial celebration, the Dr. Norman L. Lee House Museum was dedicated. It was one of the features of the Scandinavian Festival that year. This happened after an intense six months of renovation and collection of display items. Then in 1977

Humble Beginnings of the Scandinavian Festival

Written on January 11, 2013 at 10:15 am, by

In 1961, Gale Fletchall, a doctor of Swiss descent, hatched a scheme to attract visitors to the dying town of Junction City, Oregon. But the real story began in the year 1902 with a man named A.C. Nielsen.

Legend of the Junction City Vikings

Written on December 27, 2012 at 7:44 am, by

The very first group of Vikings in Junction City was organized in 1963.  During a monthly business meeting, Board Members realized that there was no workforce that could be called upon for special projects or for general set-up and takedown of the Festival.

The Tale of Rodskjegg the Viking – Part 1

Written on December 27, 2012 at 7:35 am, by

If you spend enough time in downtown Junction City during the Scandinavian Festival, you are sure to run into the Vikings as they wander about.  They are not typically shy and are always happy to pose with anyone who asks for a few photos.  Last year